Vikes Men’s Soccer Continue To Struggle

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Trinity Western’s Jacob Low (Port Moody, B.C.) scored two second-half goals to lead the Spartans to a come-from-behind 2-1 win over Victoria Friday at Centennial Stadium.

 

The Vikes carried a 1-0 lead going into the half time break but two goals from the third-year Spartan, including a 78th-minute game-winner, gave Trinity Western (8-1-4) the victory.

 

The Spartans have won five games in a row, while the Vikes (3-7-3) have dropped four consecutive matches.

 

Victoria’s Jack Hill scored the lone goal for the Vikes midway through the opening half.

 

With the brace, Low is now tied for TWU’s team-lead in goal-scoring, with six, alongside Cody Fransen (Lynden, Wash.) and Domenic Poletto (Calgary).

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The Spartans had the game’s first prime scoring opportunity. In the sixth minute, Aidan Moore (Langley, B.C.) found himself in alone but put his shot high and wide over the Vikes net. Hill opened the scoring for Victoria in the match when he found space behind the Spartan defenders. The third-year Vike made no mistake, beating the Trinity Western goalkeeper Sebastian Colyn (Langley) to give the Vikes the 1-0 lead in the 33rd minute.  The home side had a long distance shot from Xavier Araujo that almost fooled Colyn late in the first half but the Spartans netminder dove to his left to make the save and the score remained 1-0 in favour of the Vikes at the break.

 

The Spartans struck early in the second half to tie the game 1-1. The TWU cross ended up on the head of Low, who deflected the ball past Victoria keeper Jas Lally for the first Spartan goal. The Vikes answered back with a flurry of chances from Matteo Ventura, Evan Libke and Araujo but they weren’t able to solve the Spartan keeper, Colyn.

 

Low scored his second goal of the match in the 78th minute, picking up a loose ball off a Trinity Western corner and finding the back of the net.

 

QUOTABLE

TWU Head Coach Mike Shearon

“We seemed sluggish in the first half and UVic took advantage of that with their first goal, however I am happy we were able to come back and pick up the victory tonight.

 

“Both teams are desperate for wins right now. We want secure second place in the division and UVic is trying to battle their way back into a playoff spot. We have two games left before playoffs and want to secure those wins before the regular season is up.

 

“We need to start to show a few things we had been doing well throughout the season. Two games left against UBC and Thompson Rivers and our guys will be looking to get a victory in both those games. There are a couple things we need to fix heading into those match ups.”

 

NOTABLE

  • The last time TWU played the Vikes, the Spartans earned a 7-1 win at home.
  • TWU’s last trip to Victoria saw the Spartans win 5-1 in last year’s season-opener.
  • Prior to Saturday’s game against UBC, the Spartans will honour graduating seniors Leighton Johnson (Calgary), Matthew Roxburgh (Langley), Austin Kasian (Calgary), Joel Waterman (Aldergrove, B.C.), Josh Hardy (Burnaby, B.C.) and Vito Poletto (Calgary).
  • TWU is unbeaten (7-0-3) in its last 10 games.

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